Most of the vaccine mandates for workers that many companies implemented or were just to implement were canceled recently and the latest to join on this list is Boeing.
While some decided not to fully implement the vaccine mandates for their employees because of staffing shortage, Boeing decided to cancel the previously announced vaccine mandate after reviewing a recent U.S. District Court ruling that halted enforcement of President Joe Biden’s vaccine requirement for federal contractors, or at least that’s what the company said.
Their decision was announced late Friday.
Boeing spokesperson Libba Holland released the following statement from the company:
We are committed to maintaining a safe working environment for our employees, and advancing the health and safety of our global workforce. As such, we continue to encourage our employees to get vaccinated and get a booster if they have not done so. Meanwhile, after careful review, Boeing has suspended its vaccination requirement in line with a federal court’s decision prohibiting enforcement of the federal contractor executive order and a number of state laws. As we have throughout the pandemic, we will continue to monitor and follow federal, state and local requirements.
According to Boeing, the initial announcement for the vaccine mandate came mid-October when the company announced all of their 140,000 employees should get fully vaccinated. Nearly 57,000 of the workers were based in Washington.
The South Carolina Department of Commerce estimated Boeing South Carolina employs 7,500 workers.